Former Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Lanre Isa-Onilu, has criticized the actions of Senator Abdullahi Adamu during his tenure as the National Chairman of the party. In an exclusive interview with Politics Hub, a Vanguard political show on Tuesday, Isa-Onilu highlighted Adamu’s failure to continue the reconciliation process initiated by the party prior to his chairmanship.
Adamu and the APC National Secretary, Iyiola Omisore, recently resigned from their positions. Senator Abubakar Kyari has been announced as the new APC National Chairman, and he accepted Adamu and Omisore’s resignation as national officers of the party.
Isa-Onilu emphasized that Adamu, as the chairman, should have provided a neutral and reconciliatory atmosphere for the warring factions within the party across the country. However, he alleged that Adamu displayed partisanship by supporting a particular candidate during the primary elections, which undermined his credibility and trust among party members.
Moreover, Isa-Onilu suggested that Adamu’s actions contributed to the popular slogan “emilokan” (meaning “it will spoil inside”) after he publicly stated his intention to discipline Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the party’s presidential candidate at the time. Tinubu had made controversial statements in Abeokuta, and Adamu’s comments were seen as poor judgment and bias against Tinubu.
Isa-Onilu further criticized Adamu for his handling of the leadership selection process within the National Assembly, suggesting that his actions contradicted the desires of the party and the President. Instead of using internal mechanisms, Adamu publicly dismissed the decisions made by the National Assembly, implying that it was done against the President’s wishes. Isa-Onilu deemed this behavior impudent and not befitting of a National Chairman.
Overall, Isa-Onilu’s statements shed light on the perceived shortcomings of Senator Abdullahi Adamu during his tenure as the National Chairman of the APC.